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November 2014 Air Force Military Aviation Defence Industry News
 
 

Splav Tula started delivery of new S-80FP rocket system to the Russian Air Force

Splav Tula started delivery of new S-80FP rocket system to the Russian Air Force
 
Russian company Splav Tula started delivery of newest S-80FP aircraft rocket system to the Russian Air Force, announced Wednesday, November 19, Nikolai Makarovets, general manager of the research group and production Splav Tula, designer of the weapon.
Russian company Splav Tula started delivery of newest S-80FP aircraft rocket system to the Russian Air Force, announced Wednesday, November 19, Nikolai Makarovets, general manager of the research group and production Splav Tula, designer of the weapon.
 

Northrop Grumman unveils new Viper 2.1 laser for directed infrared countermeasure system

Northrop Grumman unveils new Viper 2.1 laser for directed infrared countermeasure system
 
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Laser Systems business unit has announced its new Viper™ 2.1 laser, featuring a form factor and interface for use on all directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems. The Viper™ 2.1 is the latest in the family of Viper™ lasers designed specifically for DIRCM systems. After five years of funding, development and testing, the Viper™ 2.1 will soon be ready for full-scale production alongside the venerable Viper™ family of DIRCM lasers.
Northrop Grumman Corporation's Laser Systems business unit has announced its new Viper™ 2.1 laser, featuring a form factor and interface for use on all directed infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems. The Viper™ 2.1 is the latest in the family of Viper™ lasers designed specifically for DIRCM systems. After five years of funding, development and testing, the Viper™ 2.1 will soon be ready for full-scale production alongside the venerable Viper™ family of DIRCM lasers.
 

CPI Aerostructures to provide wing components and logistical support to global F-16 fighter jets fleet

CPI Aerostructures to provide wing components and logistical support to global F-16 fighter jets fleet
 
CPI Aerostructures, Inc. announced on Monday, November 17, that it has received a U.S. Government prime contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide structural wing components and logistical support for global F-16 aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operations. DLA Aviation, Richmond, VA is the contracting activity. CPI Aero will support wing MRO efforts for both the U.S. fleet of more than 1,000 F-16 aircraft as well as the nearly 1,900 F-16s flown by air forces around the world.
CPI Aerostructures, Inc. announced on Monday, November 17, that it has received a U.S. Government prime contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide structural wing components and logistical support for global F-16 aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operations. DLA Aviation, Richmond, VA is the contracting activity. CPI Aero will support wing MRO efforts for both the U.S. fleet of more than 1,000 F-16 aircraft as well as the nearly 1,900 F-16s flown by air forces around the world.
 

Brazil military could buy over 100 SAAB's Gripen multirole combat aircraft

Brazilian military could buy over 100 SAAB's Gripen multirole combat aircraft
 
According to the Wall Street Journal, Saab AB’s deal to sell Gripen NG jets to Brazil could more than triple to eventually include the purchase of over 100 aircraft before the country has satisfied its demand for combat planes, a senior Brazilian military officer said Tuesday, November 18.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Saab AB’s deal to sell Gripen NG jets to Brazil could more than triple to eventually include the purchase of over 100 aircraft before the country has satisfied its demand for combat planes, a senior Brazilian military officer said Tuesday, November 18.
 

BAE Systems' AIR5428 pilot training platform selected to train next-gen British military pilots

BAE Systems' AIR5428 pilot training platform selected to train next-gen British military pilots
 
BAE Systems Air5428 pilot training platform, Beechcraft’s T-6C military trainer, will be used to train the next generation of United Kingdom military pilots. On behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence, the Ascent consortium recently selected the Beechcraft T-6C as the aircraft to complement the BAE Systems Hawk T2 in the training pipeline to conduct fixed wing flight training for the Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Navy (RN) and Army Air Corp pilots.
BAE Systems Air5428 pilot training platform, Beechcraft’s T-6C military trainer, will be used to train the next generation of United Kingdom military pilots. On behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence, the Ascent consortium recently selected the Beechcraft T-6C as the aircraft to complement the BAE Systems Hawk T2 in the training pipeline to conduct fixed wing flight training for the Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal Navy (RN) and Army Air Corp pilots.
 

Sikorsky to deliver 102 new tactical multirole helicopters to US Armed Force

Sikorsky to deliver 102 new tactical multirole helicopters to US Armed Forces
 
The US armed forces, through their Army and Navy components, are purchasing 102 helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft for $1.3 billion, a move likely to retain jobs in Connecticut's struggling defense industry. The Navy's decision reverses plans earlier this year to cancel a portion of the multi-year deal. The Army is buying 65 helicopters, including 41 UH-60 Black Hawk models and 24 HH-60M platforms, at a cost of $771 million.
The US armed forces, through their Army and Navy components, are purchasing 102 helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft for $1.3 billion, a move likely to retain jobs in Connecticut's struggling defense industry. The Navy's decision reverses plans earlier this year to cancel a portion of the multi-year deal. The Army is buying 65 helicopters, including 41 UH-60 Black Hawk models and 24 HH-60M platforms, at a cost of $771 million.
 

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman awarded contract for Greek F-16 fleet sustainment support

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman awarded contract for Greek F-16 fleet sustainment support
 
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece for F-16 sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $188 million. The principal contractors will be Lockheed Martin in Ft Worth, Texas; and Northrup Grumman in Baltimore, Maryland.
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Greece for F-16 sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $188 million. The principal contractors will be Lockheed Martin in Ft Worth, Texas; and Northrop Grumman in Baltimore, Maryland.
 

Italy sends Tornado fighter jets to Kuwait to join US-led coalition against Islamic State

Italy sends Tornado fighter jets to Kuwait to join US-led coalition against Islamic State
 
Italy is sending Tornado multirole jet fighters to Kuwait to join the allied forces' fight against ISIL, though Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti claims that the warplanes are "forbidden from bombing," according to Italian defence ministry sources on Monday, November 17.
Italy is sending Tornado multirole jet fighters to Kuwait to join the allied forces' fight against ISIL, though Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti claims that the warplanes are "forbidden from bombing," according to Italian defence ministry sources on Monday, November 17.
 

Italian Air Force to upgrade its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles fleet

Italian Air Force to upgrade its MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles fleet
 
The Italian air force has confirmed that it is in the process of acquiring the Rafael Reccelite reconnaissance pod and has its sights sets on the Selex Seaspray 7500E radar to upgrade its fleet of General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles.
The Italian air force has confirmed that it is in the process of acquiring the Rafael Reccelite reconnaissance pod and has its sights sets on the Selex Seaspray 7500E radar to upgrade its fleet of General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned air vehicles.
 

BAE Systems submits proposal for next-gen countermeasure system to protect US military aircraft

BAE Systems submits proposal for next-gen countermeasure system to protect US military aircraft
 
BAE Systems yesterday announced that it has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Army’s Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) program. CIRCM is a lightweight, low-cost, and modular laser-based aircraft protection system, designed to protect U.S. rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft from infrared guided missiles.
BAE Systems yesterday announced that it has submitted its proposal for the U.S. Army’s Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) program. CIRCM is a lightweight, low-cost, and modular laser-based aircraft protection system, designed to protect U.S. rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft from infrared guided missiles.
 

China's Y-20 strategic airlifter made its first public appearance at Airshow China 2014

China's Y-20 strategic airlifter made its first public appearance at Airshow China 2014
 
China's first domestically developed strategic air lifter, the Y-20 Kunpeng, made its first public appearance at Airshow China 2014, which was held at Zhuhai last week. The Y-20 airlifter will soon be delivered to users, a senior aviation executive said, adding that the development of its engine is "faring well".
China's first domestically developed strategic air lifter, the Y-20 Kunpeng, made its first public appearance at Airshow China 2014, which was held at Zhuhai last week. The Y-20 airlifter will soon be delivered to users, a senior aviation executive said, adding that the development of its engine is "faring well".
 

Chinese Shenyang J-31 fourth-generation stealth fighter made official debuts at Airshow China 2014

Chinese Shenyang J-31 fourth-generation stealth fighter made official debuts at Airshow China 2014
 
China officially pulled the curtain back on its new fifth-generation stealth fighter — the Shenyang J-31 "Falcon Eagle" — during the Airshow China 2014 exhibition in Zhuhai. The J-31 represents China’s chief competitor for arms market share against the U.S.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
China officially pulled the curtain back on its new fourth-generation stealth fighter — the Shenyang J-31 "Falcon Eagle" — during the Airshow China 2014 exhibition in Zhuhai. The J-31 represents China’s chief competitor for arms market share against the U.S.' F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.


 

Russia and China to determine configuration of future joint transport helicopter in early 2015

Russia and China to determine configuration of future joint transport helicopter in early 2015
 
According to the CEO of the Russian Helicopters Alexander Mikheev, the technical configuration of the joint Russian and Chinese heavy-lift transport helicopter is going to be determined by February 2015. It was previously reported that the Russian and Chinese heavy-lift helicopter was planned to be developed based on the technologies of Mi-26T — the heaviest helicopter in the world produced by Rosvertol (part of Russian Helicopters).
According to the CEO of Russian Helicopters Alexander Mikheev, the technical configuration of the joint Russian and Chinese heavy-lift transport helicopter is going to be determined by February 2015. It was previously reported that the Russian and Chinese heavy-lift helicopter was planned to be developed based on the technologies of Mi-26T — the heaviest helicopter in the world produced by Rosvertol (part of Russian Helicopters).
 

Thales to deliver EC135 Reality H Full Flight Simulators to Australian Armed Forces

Thales to deliver EC135 Reality H Full Flight Simulators to Australian Armed Forces
 
The next generation of Australia’s Army and Navy helicopter pilots will be trained using three Thales full flight simulators and a suite of other synthetic training devices. These will be supplied to prime contractor Boeing Defence Australia under the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) programme. Thales will provide three EC135 Reality H Full Flight Simulators (FFS), its high-fidelity mission-orientated training system which is already in service around the world.
The next generation of Australia’s Army and Navy helicopter pilots will be trained using three Thales full flight simulators and a suite of other synthetic training devices. These will be supplied to prime contractor Boeing Defence Australia under the Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS) programme. Thales will provide three EC135 Reality H Full Flight Simulators (FFS), its high-fidelity mission-orientated training system which is already in service around the world.
 

Elbit Systems to protect German A400M airlifters with J-MUSIC™ Counter-Measure system

Elbit Systems to protect German A400M airlifters with J-MUSIC™ Counter-Measure system
 
Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded a contract from DIEHL BGT Defence GmbH & Co. KG (“DIEHL Defence”) to provide J-MUSIC™ Multi-Spectral Directed Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems for the first phase of the German Air Force’s Self-Protection program for its new Airbus A400 aircraft. The contract will be performed over approximately one-year and is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems.
Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded a contract from DIEHL BGT Defence GmbH & Co. KG (“DIEHL Defence”) to provide J-MUSIC™ Multi-Spectral Directed Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems for the first phase of the German Air Force’s Self-Protection program for its new Airbus A400 aircraft. The contract will be performed over approximately one-year and is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems.
 

UIMC started delivery of NKVS-27 aerial communication system to Vietnam People's Air Force

UIMC started delivery of NKVS-27 aerial communication system to Vietnam People's Air Force
 
The Russian company United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation, a Rostec subsidiary, has started delivery of the NKVS-27 ground-based aerial communication system to Vietnam armed forces. The communication equipment is capable of maintaining communication with frontline aircraft and aircraft of other types.
The Russian company United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation, a Rostec subsidiary, has started delivery of the NKVS-27 ground-based aerial communication system to Vietnam armed forces. The communication equipment is capable of maintaining communication with frontline aircraft and aircraft of other types.
 

Rolls-Royce awards contract to purchase US Air Force with C-130J tactical airlifter engines

Rolls-Royce to provide US Air Force's C-130J airlifters fleet with AE 2100 engines
 
The US Air Force has awarded a contract worth over $100 million to Rolls-Royce to purchase spare engines and parts for its C-130J fleet and to support Foreign Military Sales customers. Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines power all C-130J aircraft in the US military and global fleets, while legacy C-130 aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce T56 engines.
The US Air Force has awarded a contract worth over $100 million to Rolls-Royce to purchase spare engines and parts for its C-130J fleet and to support Foreign Military Sales customers. Rolls-Royce AE 2100 engines power all C-130J aircraft in the US military and global fleets, while legacy C-130 aircraft are powered by Rolls-Royce T56 engines.
 

Airbus Helicopters delivers final EC145 helicopter to the National Police of Peru

Airbus Helicopters delivers final EC145 helicopter to the National Police of Peru
 
Peru’s Ministry of the Interior has now added the final EC145 helicopter to the modernized fleet of the National Police of Peru (PNP). The formal handover at the Police Aviation Unit facilities in El Callao was attended by both Peruvian and French officials, including Peru’s interior minister Daniel Urresti and Daniel Leimbacher, chief of the Central Air Command of the French Gendarmerie, along with representatives of Airbus Helicopters.
Peru’s Ministry of the Interior has now added the final EC145 helicopter to the modernized fleet of the National Police of Peru (PNP). The formal handover at the Police Aviation Unit facilities in El Callao was attended by both Peruvian and French officials, including Peru’s interior minister Daniel Urresti and Daniel Leimbacher, chief of the Central Air Command of the French Gendarmerie, along with representatives of Airbus Helicopters.
 

First Russian air-launched hypersonic missiles expected for 2020

First Russian air-launched hypersonic missiles expected for 2020
 
The first air-launched hypersonic missiles could be produced in Russia within the next six years, Boris Obnosov, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation, stated Thursday. "In my estimation, the first hypersonic products should appear … in this decade — before 2020. We have approached this. We are talking about speeds of up to six to eight Mach. Achieving higher speeds is a long term perspective," Obnosov told journalists at the Airshow China-2014 space exhibition.
The first air-launched hypersonic missiles could be produced in Russia within the next six years, Boris Obnosov, general director of the Tactical Missile Systems Corporation, stated Thursday. "In my estimation, the first hypersonic products should appear … in this decade — before 2020. We have approached this. We are talking about speeds of up to six to eight Mach. Achieving higher speeds is a long term perspective," Obnosov told journalists at the Airshow China-2014 space exhibition.
 

Belgian Defence takes delivery of its fourth NH90TTH tactical transport helicopter

Belgian Defence takes delivery of its fourth NH90TTH tactical transport helicopter
 
NHIndustries announced today the delivery to the Belgian Defence of its fourth NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter. This event took place in Marignane, where the helicopter was built, in the presence of Lt General Clement, General Director of Material and Resources. This helicopter will be based in Beauvechain, home of the 1st Wing. It will be used for Tactical transport and utility missions.
NHIndustries announced today the delivery to the Belgian Defence of its fourth NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter. This event took place in Marignane, where the helicopter was built, in the presence of Lt General Clement, General Director of Material and Resources. This helicopter will be based in Beauvechain, home of the 1st Wing. It will be used for Tactical transport and utility missions.
 

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